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Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018. Abstruse

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018. Abstruse

Item #: N1119R2DC
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard/Appellation: Napa Valley, California
Color: Very Dark
Nose: Black Currant, Earth, Vanilla
Palate: Dense Plum and Cassis
Finish: Unbelievably Long and Lush
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2030/Red Meat/14.2% Alcohol by Volume

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Kat and Rob McDonald have been making wine for 20 years in three countries. They both share a passion for art, farming, wine and each other. Armed with a degree in fermentation from U.C. Davis, Kat went to Australia some 20 years ago to work in the brewing industry. She met and married Rob and eventually they moved back to California, settling in Napa.

Their wine adventure began when they started importing some of the top wines from Australia. They then went on to establish Art + Farm Wine in Napa.

Soon afterward, they hired winemaker Matt Stone, whose family had founded Sterling Vineyards in 1964. Matt had worked in none other than Chateau Lafite, one of only five first growths in Bordeaux.

How do you not hire a guy like that? Obviously, he knows something about making great wine, and he's especially well-versed in Cabernet Sauvignon. The rest was easy.

In addition to grapes, the McDonalds' organic farm focuses on raising livestock, beekeeping, composting and sustainability. As with most farmers, their respect for the land is paramount.

Our selection is a careful amalgam of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, a little more than 1% Malbec, and a little less than 1% Petite Verdot. The blend is similar to wine made in the Pauillac region of Bordeaux, except that this is classic Napa Valley. From the lavish berry flavors on through to the toast, earth, vanilla and licorice, it is a seamless, endless array of flavors.

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